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5 Fun Facts About March 6 In Louisiana History

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1. In 1805, a fire destroyed most of the city of New Orleans. The blaze broke out in the attic of the governor's mansion and quickly spread to neighboring buildings. It took several days to quell the flames, and over 200 buildings were destroyed.

2. On March 6, 1819, the first steamboat arrived in New Orleans. Named the "Enterprise," the vessel had traveled down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This marked a major milestone in transportation and commerce for the city.

3. Louisiana achieved statehood on March 6, 1812, becoming the 18th state in the Union. This followed years of territorial disputes with Spain and France, and the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

4. In 1960, the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Dallas Chaparrals to win their first Southern Basketball League Championship. The Pelicans, who played their home games at Loyola University, were one of the city's first professional basketball teams.

5. On March 6, 1975, a major tornado swept through the town of Natchitoches, Louisiana. The powerful funnel cloud caused extensive damage to the downtown area, including the historic district. Thankfully, no one was killed in the storm.
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